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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) a uniquely laudable thriller‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
2.5/4 48% Red Dawn (1984) an often compelling and always entertaining, but fundamentally flawed merging of Hollywood's Reagan-era penchant for action escapism and distinct Cold War paranoia‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
3.5/4 74% Dead Man (1995) a singular piece of generic transgression, making the unmaking of the West-something that filmmakers had been doing to various degrees for decades-feel shockingly, aggressively, and poetically new.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
3/4 44% Up in Smoke (1978) a shaggy slice of slacker comedy, and while no one will mistake it for a particularly well-made movie, it is imminently likeable and repeatedly watchable‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2.5/4 88% Women in Love (1969) If you find your interest waning as the film moves on, it is likely due to exhaustion of trying to generate empathy with characters who constantly evade such connection. So much of the film feels written and performed, but rarely lived.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/4 98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) a pinnacle of silent film art, expressive acting, and naturalistic intensity‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/4 82% The Age of Innocence (1993) one of the greatest and most devastating films about the agonies of doomed love‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2/4 51% Downsizing (2017) Just when Downsizing seems to be cruising on a steady track, it starts fracturing, fragmenting, and spinning out in multiple, largely unexpected, and almost wholly unsatisfying directions.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 100% Nayak (1974) Both Uttam Kumar and Sharmila Tagore are fantastic in the central roles, and they develop a powerful chemistry‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet La Setta (The Devil's Daughter) (Demons 4) (The Sect) (1991) while Soavi does a good job keeping the ultimate destination vague for a long time, its arrival can't help but be a bit disappointing since it plays into such familiar territory‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 79% Chappaquiddick (2018) a slow-burn depiction of an imminent collision course between political power and personal responsibility‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) it is not one of Anderson's best films, yet it also puts on display precisely what makes him such a continually interesting artist, most notably his willingness to extend his familiar aesthetic into new realms‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) the film improves as it goes on, especially in the second half, where Spielberg generates a successful tension in juxtaposing action taking place simultaneously within the real world and the OASIS‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2/4 49% Tomb Raider (2018) If the film's goal was to make Lara a more interesting character by exploring her early life, it fails quite miserably, despite a generally good performance by Vikander in a role that gives her precious little with which to work.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2.5/4 45% The Hurricane Heist (2018) an exceedingly silly, but undeniably entertaining bit of red-meat escapist action fare‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/4 87% Annihilation (2018) an absorbing, frequently powerful, and at times insightful film that smartly deploys its sci-fi trappings to keep us engaged while leaving us with just the right touch of ambiguity to chew on afterwards‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 97% Black Panther (2018) There is a lot that is fairly generic in the film, especially in the action sequences, but you can always sense Coogler's investment in the characters and what they stand for. ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
1.5/4 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) The film is sold on the idea that the real-life heroes play themselves, but it's a fatal mistake that undercuts what few good scenes the film does offer outside of the train attack‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
2.5/4 16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Unfortunately, its surprise release is the most interesting thing about The Cloverfield Paradox‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/4 76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) a fascinating, at times funny, and at other times tragic merging of the paranoid sci-fi trope of not being able to trust that the people around us are who they say they are and the horror trope of not being in control of our own minds‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 100% Comradeship (Kameradschaft) (1931) benefits substantially from Pabst's intense focus on realism, both physically and psychologically‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3/4 77% Cloverfield (2008) not so much a reinvention of the marauding-monster movie as it is a riff on its possibilities-a fascinating and largely successful experiment in the manipulation of cinematic perspective‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 100% Westfront 1918 (1930) remains a powerful testament to its physical, psychological, and spiritual horrors‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) evokes a shared sense of adolescent turmoil that is neither melodramatic nor condescending, but rather perfectly pitched at a recognizable human level that allows virtually anyone to identify and empathize with the travails of its protagonist‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Breakfast Club (1985) Hughes's poignant, sometimes funny, and always thoughtful drama didn't so much revolutionize the teen movie as it mined the genre for long-ignored potential‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 82% Molly's Game (2018) At its best, Molly's Game takes us deep into an intriguing, hidden world that few if any of us will ever get to see.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Wright infuses the film with as much style as it can hold without becoming unduly bloated‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/4 73% Hostiles (2018) the film's ultimate goal is to encourage us to see past all the violence and recognize the possibility of common ground, of coming together, of seeing shared humanity even within those we have spent much of our lives considering as somehow less than human‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) not the best entry in the Star Wars franchise, but parts of it rank at the very top‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2017
3.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) That the film delivers as many laughs as does insight into such a unique tragedy of errors is testament to its deft balancing act and willingness to not ignore, but engage the contradictions.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 91% Homicide (1991) One of Mamet's strangest and most compelling films‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) striking, at times unsettling, and at other times deeply moving‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3.5/4 87% The Post (2018) an essential work, crying out via history against the "fake news" machine and reminding us of why the free press is an absolute necessity in checking the powers of those who are elected to govern us‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2/4 40% Justice League (2017) pretty much exactly what you would expect the follow-up to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015) to be, except a good half hour shorter, which is perhaps its greatest quality‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) There is a lot to admire about Coco, particularly its energy and its story that attempts to find resolution between commitment to one's family and one's own sense of identity.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
2/4 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh is gifted enough to make you feel like you're watching something important and penetrating, rather than just bilious‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
3/4 78% Dead of Night (Deathdream) (1972) belies its low budget with both an impressive cast headed by veteran character actors and director Bob Clark's creative economy‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 93% Thelma (2017) Trier's evocative and often beautiful film maintains a subtle tension‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3/4 78% Sweet Virginia (2017) A lot of the mechanics are boilerplate familiar to the point of being rote, but the manner in which they're assembled and played out by director Jamie M. Dagg and his expressive cast of weathered character actors largely redeems them.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2.5/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) has style to spare and a canonic soundtrack of '80s New Wave pop, which is used primarily to paper over a tired espionage plot and paper-thin characters‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) has quite a bit to impart about the trauma of betrayal, but also the power of forgiveness‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3.5/4 96% Mudbound (2017) an often extraordinary film-it is both epic and impressively personal despite its tapestry of characters‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Waititi doesn't so much inject humor as he gives it his own droll spin, making Thor: Ragnarok one of the funniest of the Marvel movies without seeming to exert much effort in that regard ‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 83% Darkman (1990) a fun diversion that reminds us of how enjoyably loony the movies can be‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2/4 29% Suburbicon (2017) not a total loss, but it's hard to see it as much more than an interesting failure‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
2.5/4 84% Loving Vincent (2017) the film's formal triumph is astounding and utterly unique, but its narrative is incontrovertibly rote‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
3/4 74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) Gaga allows the camera into various realms that emphasize her vulnerability, her flaws, and her weaknesses, which only serve to empower her as a pop star by reinforcing her underlying humanity‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/4 83% The Bachelors (2017) The character [Josh Wiggins and Odey Arush] play and the relationship they develop are honest and poignant in the best sense, which is a good description of the film as a whole.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2.5/4 47% The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) feels more like a made-for-television film than a theatrical feature, despite the lush widescreen cinematography and relatively large-scale action sequences,‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
2.5/4 86% American Made (2017) Cruise gets to toy with his trademark cockiness in ways that are consistently amusing, and we're quickly reminded of why his star persona has proved so indelible for so long.‐ Q Network Film Desk
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017